Originally thought to be a niche product line from Samsung, the Galaxy Note brand has grown into a staple amongst its most notable mobile products. It has quickly become the go-to smartphone for power users, gamers, or anyone looking to get a little more out of their smartphone.
Each year, rumors about new products soar, and the Galaxy Note, being the extra high-end model from Samsung, tends to be at the end of the most extravagant and lofty rumors. For instance, it’s been said to be made of metal – an extension of the Galaxy Alpha we a few weeks ago – and it will allegedly come with a touch shutter button. A retailer also posted some purported specifications for the upcoming Galaxy Note 4: a 5.7-inch QHD display, 16-megapixel OIS camera, 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 805 and Exynos 5433, and 16 to 64GB of fixed storage.
Truthfully, we don’t know what to believe or expect. But we’re pretty certain Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA in Berlin this week. And we figured we’d compose a Galaxy Note 4 wish list in the interim.
Better build quality
Word of a metal Galaxy Note handset has gone around since before the Note 3 landed. And a few weeks ago, Samsung showed us what its idea of a metal handset was with the Galaxy Alpha – basically a lite version of the Galaxy S5 with metal trim, sans a few features.
I don’t want any of that. In fact, I don’t even care if it’s metal. I recently explained that metal doesn’t make a phone better.
But judging by the touch-sensitive shutter button, the trim will likely be a conductive material of some sort. The black imitation leather on the back of the Note 3 isn’t half bad, but the white model feels notably cheaper. All I want is an ultra premium handset from Samsung to actually look and feel premium.
More screen, same size
While we’re on the topic of design, a larger screen wouldn’t be a bad thing, so long as Samsung manages to keep the physical footprint the same size. However, rumors are pointing towards a 5.7-inch display, and that’s perfectly fine, too. So, assuming the display size remains the same, maybe Samsung could trim away at the bezels, just to make one-handed use a little easier.
Of course, the latter is the more likely scenario, but I would be fine with either.
New S Pen tricks
The S Pen is the defining feature of the Note line. Last year, Samsung introduced Air Command, a feature activated by pressing the button and hovering the S Pen over the display. From there, a radial pallet of five shortcuts would appear: Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Write, S Finder, and Pen Window.
That was a pretty cool parlor trick, but I would love to see more functionality out of the S Pen, maybe a second button for an alternate function or a button on the end, like the Microsoft Surface Pro Pen, to launch a custom action.
Either way, the S Pen is the entire point of the Note lineup, and building on that experience is vital to growing and maturing the Galaxy Note brand.
All apps for Multi-Window
Multi-Window is one of our favorite features of TouchWiz. Being able to watch YouTube videos while chatting with a friend or browsing the web is very useful in certain situations. However, Multi-Window is limited to just a handful of applications.
However, from the first Galaxy Note, a third-party developer created a very easy tweak which opened up every installed application to Multi-Window. Any application on the phone could be used in a split-pane view.
Samsung needs to maintain standards and that’s likely why only a few applications have been slowly added to the pool of compatible applications. But the hack I used about three years ago worked almost flawlessly. And Samsung’s version of the increasingly popular split-screen app feature is the best I’ve used, and it’s about time Samsung opened it to all Android applications.
Bigger battery, more storage
Everyone can always use more battery life. Always.
The Galaxy Note 3’s battery was actually pretty sizable, though – 3,200mAh. However, there are phones on the market with larger batteries. And the Galaxy Note needs to be the best of the best, it needs to be excessive, and that goes for storage, as well.
Let’s be honest, 16GB just isn’t enough anymore either, especially for the power user, gamer, or multimedia consumer. Frankly, 32GB should be the bare minimum for all high-end phones. But for the Note 4, Samsung should equip the base model with 64GB and extend the max to 128GB. With expandable storage, that would raise the total storage space to 256GB of storage, which should be enough for just about anyone.
What say you? What’s on your Galaxy Note 4 wish list? Are there any features which will make or break Samsung’s new Note for you?